Randy Pitchford says Gearbox has “so many new IP ideas” within the incubation part proper now.
The top of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software program has teased that the studio is engaged on bold new IP initiatives that he believes are able to shaking up the gaming business and make an affect not dissimilar to Borderlands.
Talking to VentureBeat about Gearbox’s latest sale to Embracer Group for $1.3 billion, Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford teased that the studio has “so many new IP ideas” that the corporate is incubating proper now which are primed to “explode.”
Promoting Gearbox to Embracer will assist enable Gearbox to take greater dangers and extend bets which may not have been potential as an impartial studio.
“We might await the proper publishing companion who’s keen to make a wager, fairly than solely take a danger on one thing they know Gearbox has already performed earlier than,” he stated. “These publishers which have taken dangers on us for what we wish to see subsequent have at all times been rewarded. However for some cause they can not be snug with that sort of danger. Now we get to take that danger.”
Pitchford did not reveal any of the specifics of the brand new IP that Gearbox has within the works, however he stated the studio has been profitable in “disrupting” gaming previously with its new concepts. With Borderlands, Pitchford stated Gearbox takes credit score for creating an motion recreation with RPG mechanics and metagame methods, each of which are actually ubiquitous.
Pitchford added that Gearbox is in a singular place as a result of it does not need to “burn the boats” to pursue these new IP initiatives. Making a comparability to Epic Video games, Pitchford stated Epic “burned the boats” when it bought Gears of Warfare to Microsoft to provide them the cash to make one thing brand-new that turned out to be Fortnite.
“We do not have to try this. We are able to maximally ship on the IP we now have and pursue new IP as a consequence of this relationship. That is extremely thrilling for me. I really feel like we’re simply getting began,” he stated.
Additionally within the interview, Pitchford stated he is not a spring hen, so he made this cope with Embracer partly to appreciate a few of his ambitions whereas he nonetheless has time.
“I do not know what number of years I’ve left, however I wish to get as a lot performed as I can whereas I am nonetheless helpful to this business, whereas I am nonetheless helpful to individuals who need video video games. I am going to do it so long as the world needs me to. I intend to die in workplace. I hope that is a very long time from now,” he stated.
Regardless of Gearbox’s sale to Embracer, the corporate remains in business with 2K Games for the Borderlands series. Nevertheless, no new titles within the franchise have been introduced.